Date Completed: 9/17/2016
I loved the snarky dry humor of this story. Leviathan takes readers through a year in the life of a sophmore. This sophmore is very openly gay, but he still has a lot of learning to do about his identity, and his friends have a long way to go as well. The interpersonal interactions felt genuine and the drama was realistic for High School. There was quite a lot of gay happening, sometimes so much that I wondered where all the gay and trans people were when I was in High School, but I appreciated thinking about a world where so many gay and trans people were accepted as intrinsic to High School happenings. This book definitely seemed a bit ahead of the times, at least for what I’ve experienced.
As you may guess from the title, the major plot point is the main character finding a romantic interest. Paul has two main friends, Joni and Tony, but readers are privy to the inside dramas of some of Paul’s other friends as well, which I appreciated. Paul’s romantic interest is Noah, a boy who’s just moved to the area and has a dark and mysterious persona. The drama unfolds as Paul and Noah move together and away from each other, ebbing and flowing like the tide.
Leviathan’s writing style was snarky and delicious, but more than that he successfully gave each character time and attention for positive development. It is rare to read a book where not only the three main characters have a great deal of development but also four secondary characters have enough character development for me to have felt attached to them. Furthermore, Leviathan accomplished all this in only 185 pages.
I’d recommend this book for a quick juicy read.
David Leviathan is a successful YA novelist who has written many popular books for LGBT fiction as well. You can find more about him on his website.